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Russia-Egypt ties on the rise - Al Arabiya News. Maria Dubovikova ن sur Twitter : "Nice caricature by @sabirnazar1 on strategies against #terrorism. Russie.NEI.Visions - Les mutations du terrorisme au Caucase du Nord. Depuis l'été 2009, l'instabilité s'accroît dans l'est du Caucase du Nord.

Russie.NEI.Visions - Les mutations du terrorisme au Caucase du Nord

Alors que cette dégradation menace la sécurité de la Russie, le Kremlin ne parvient pas à lutter efficacement contre ce phénomène. Malgré une campagne anti-terroriste vigoureuse, les rebelles ont élargi leur base de soutien et commis des attentats à Moscou, dont le plus récent à l'aéroport de Domodedovo en janvier 2011. Le président Medvedev a tenté une nouvelle approche mêlant actions classiques de répression et mesures de développement économique. Cette démarche, cependant, se révèle peu convaincante : l'augmentation de la part du budget fédéral consacré à la région a totalement corrompu le système administratif, ce qui dissuade davantage les investisseurs que le risque terroriste. La corruption endémique est devenue le principal facteur d'instabilité, car la colère de la population, ne trouvant pas de canaux d'expression politique, nourrit la croissance de réseaux islamiques clandestins.

The Latest in Tracking Global Terrorism Data. A sniper in a control tower checks surrounding areas for al-Shabaab militants (Handout/Courtesy Reuters).

The Latest in Tracking Global Terrorism Data

I was fortunate to attend a presentation of recent terrorism research led by the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START), which is based at the University of Maryland. START produces the Global Terrorism Database (GTD), an open-source database based on publicly-available information about terrorist events from 1970 through 2011 (with plans for annual updates) that includes more than 104,000 cases.

(For their data collection and coding methodology, see here.) Country Reports on Terrorism 2011 Middle East and North Africa Overview. The Near East region remained one of the most active in terms of terrorist activity in 2011.

Country Reports on Terrorism 2011 Middle East and North Africa Overview

Many countries across the region experienced increased instability as a result of the events of the Arab Awakening, and some terrorists attempted to exploit this situation. This was of particular concern as it related to loose munitions from Libyan stocks and the threat of terrorists obtaining Man-Portable Air Defense Systems (MANPADS), which could pose significant risks to regional security and civil aviation. Multiple terrorist organizations displayed the capability and intent to strike at targets across the region and to garner influence in states undergoing political transitions. Al-Qa'ida in the Arabian Peninsula gained more physical territory in Yemen as the result of the political turmoil.

War crime? Syrian rebels execute POWs (GRAPHIC VIDEO) A Set of Docs on Information Warfare. Declarations of Cyberwar. Yes, Sometimes Drones Are Actually Effective - Joshua Foust. In Yemen, drones can work if they're part of a larger strategy, but not if they are the strategy.

Yes, Sometimes Drones Are Actually Effective - Joshua Foust

U.S. military handout image of a predator drone. The Persistent Threat to Soft Targets. By Scott Stewart In the early hours of July 20, a gunman entered a packed movie theater in Aurora, Colo., and opened fire on the audience that had gathered to watch the premiere of the new Batman movie, The Dark Knight Rises.

The Persistent Threat to Soft Targets

The gunman killed 12 people and injured 58 others. Though police are looking for potential accomplices, the attack appears to have been conducted by James Holmes, a lone gunman who, according to some police reports, may have had a delusional fixation on the Joker, a violent villain from an earlier Batman movie. Militancy in Central Asia: More Than Religious Extremism. By Eugene Chausovsky Since 2010, Central Asia has become increasingly volatile, a trend many have attributed to a rise in militant Islamism.

Militancy in Central Asia: More Than Religious Extremism

Militancy has indeed risen since 2010, but the notion that militant Islamists primarily are responsible for Central Asia's volatility is shortsighted because it ignores other political and economic dynamics at play in the region. Blogs Foreign policies & defense. » Global Blitzkrieg: West’s Terror Battalions Eye Russia Next Alex Jones. August 31, 2012 – With the US openly supporting, arming , and literally “ cheering” for Al Qaeda in Syria, it should be no surprise that their support for Al Qaeda’s other operations is now slowly revealing itself.

» Global Blitzkrieg: West’s Terror Battalions Eye Russia Next Alex Jones

German intelligence: al-Qaeda all over Syria « Tiger Asia. German intelligence estimates that “around 90” terror attacks that “can be attributed to organizations that are close to al-Qaeda or jihadist groups” were carried out in Syria between the end of December and the beginning of July, as reported by the German daily Die Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ).

German intelligence: al-Qaeda all over Syria « Tiger Asia

This was revealed by the German government in a response to a parliamentary question. In response to the same question, the German government admitted that it had received several reports from the German foreign intelligence service, the BND, on the May 25 massacre in the Syrian town of Houla. But it noted that the content of these reports was to remain classified “by reason of national interest”, Like many other Western governments, Germany expelled Syria’s ambassador in the immediate aftermath of the massacre, holding the Syrian government responsible for the violence. While traveling in the region of Homs, Hackensberger heard similar stories about the conduct of the rebels.